The Core Surgery Clerkship is a mandatory rotation for all second and third year medical students at the Baylor College of Medicine. The clerkship is eight weeks long and includes four weeks on a general surgery service, two weeks in the Emergency Department, and two weeks on a surgery subspecialty service. Students on this rotation are expected to become a part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides the highest quality surgical care to the patients in the Texas Medical Center. Approximately 36 Baylor medical students will participate in each eight-week clerkship.
There are three main educational objectives for this clerkship:
1. Participate in the care of ten specific surgical disease processes
2. Perform common procedures, such as :
NGT or OGT placement
Insertion of a Foley catheter
Suturing of a wound
3. Attend and participate in fifteen didactic lectures to prepare for the NBME SHELF exam
4. Complete a 15 minute standardized patient encounter with a 30 minute post encounter session at the end of each eight week rotation.
5. Pass the NBME SHELF exam
At the end of the Core Surgery Clerkship our expectations are that the student will learn to diagnose and manage patients with surgical disease processes.